Helping to achieving the employment dreams for people with disabilities

Helping to achieving the employment dreams for people with disabilities

Helping Beaverton Get Back to Work.

During Covid-19, a Virtual Class makes exploring careers a little easier for people with disabilities. With surging unemployment, social distancing and changing business need, figuring out what types of jobs and careers match your skill level and interests can be overwhelming and isolating. This is especially true for people with disabilities who must also consider their disability related needs in the employment process.

This is where Dirkse Counseling & Consulting comes in.  As a Beaverton based business, Dirkse has been meeting individual’s employment challenges head on for over 20 years. Founder, Heidi Dirkse-Graw, has developed multiple psycho-educational skills training classes for individuals and groups. In response to the pandemic, she saw a need and turned to a virtual platform, converting an in-person class to an on-line format to bring people with disabilities hope and help in their employment efforts.

In partnership with the State of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the first cohort of on-line participants began class on July 14, 2020. Over the course of three weeks, they will interact both together and with two instructors from Dirkse in order to explore vocational interests, personal values, work aptitudes, personality characteristics, transferable work skills and disability employment needs.

By the end of the class, each participant will have identified several well-matched job goals that they will take back to their referring vocational rehabilitation counselors from the State of Oregon who will help them get a plan in place to achieve their employment dreams!

For more information, contact Course Instructor: Glenn Bishop, Westside Employment Services Manager ( If your business would like to be more inclusive to people with different abilities, matching skill sets to your business needs, please reach out to Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. at 503-265-9256.